Thursday
November 8, 2018

Pike County Court sentencing

MILFORD – A Honesdale man was sentenced to 12 months to 30 months in a state correctional facility, fined $2,250 and had his license suspended for 36 months for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and the Summary Offense of Driving While Operating Privileges are Suspended or Revoked.  William Swendsen, 34, was stopped by the state police on January 1, 2016, for speeding along Route 6 in Palmyra Township.  In speaking with Swendsen, the trooper detected the smell of an alcoholic beverage and observed Swendsen’s eyes to be glassy and bloodshot.  Field Sobriety Tests were conducted which showed signs of impairment and a blood test confirmed a blood alcohol content of .170%.  Swendsen was also found in possession of a baggie containing cocaine and to be driving on a suspended license.

Other criminal sentences issued by Pike County Court of Common Pleas President Judge Gregory Chelak:

Tyler Edwards, 30, of Waterbury, CT, was sentenced to 72 hours to 6 months in the Pike County Jail, fined $1,000 and had his driver’s license suspended for 12 months for Driving Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance.  Edwards was stopped by the state police on December 12, 2017, when he was observed swerving across the lanes of I-84 in Greene Township.  In speaking with Edwards, the trooper detected the smell of Marihuana, and observed Edwards to have red, glossy eyes.  A consent to search his vehicle revealed a Marihuana cigarette.  Field Sobriety Tests were conducted which showed impairment and a blood test confirmed the presence of THC in his blood.

William Francois, 34, of Milford, PA, was sentenced to 1 month to 6 months in the Pike County Jail, followed by 6 months of probation, fined $500 and had his driver’s license suspended for 6 months for Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  The state police came upon Francois parked along SR 739 in Dingman Township on July 7, 2017, where he appeared to be unconscious.  A consent to search his vehicle revealed items used in the ingestion of Heroin.  On September 3, 2018, Francois was a passenger in a vehicle stopped by the state police while traveling along I-84 in Dingman Township.  Francois was found in possession of Heroin.

Elsie Francois, 49, of Milford, PA, was sentenced to 59 days to 18 months in the Pike County Jail, fined $600 and had her driver’s license suspended for 6 months for Possession of a Controlled Substance and Criminal Trespass.  On May 14, 2018, Francois entered a residence in Dingman Township without the owner’s permission.  On September 3, 2018, the state police stopped Francois and her husband while traveling along I-84 in Dingman Township for an active warrant.  A search of the vehicle revealed Heroin.

Robert Buchko, 52, of Greeley, PA, was sentenced to 5 years of the IP Pike Care Program which will include 90 days of house arrest, a fine of $1,500 and a driver’s license suspension of 18 months for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol or a Controlled Substance.  The state police were dispatched to SR 434 in Lackawaxen Township on March 30, 2018, for a report of Buchko driving erratically.  Buchko was found asleep in the driver seat with the vehicle running, with an open can of beer between his legs and empties strewn about the inside of the vehicle.  When Buchko was finally roused, he was confused as to his location, had slurred speech, bloodshot eyes, constricted pupils and emitting the smell of an alcoholic beverage.  Buchko admitted to the trooper that he had too much to drink.  A blood test confirmed the presence of Fentanyl, Alprazolam, Diazepam and Nordiazepam in his blood.

Jennifer Tants, 26, of Hawley, PA, was sentenced to 5 years of the IP Pike Care Program which will include 1 year of house arrest, a fine of $2,500 and a driver’s license suspension of 18 months for Driving Under the Influence.  The state police were dispatched to I-84 in Dingman Township on September 25, 2017, where Tants had collided with another vehicle.  Tants admitted to drinking prior to driving.  Field Sobriety Tests were conducted and a blood test confirmed a blood alcohol content of .234%.

Benjamin Shrek, 22, of Hawley, PA, was sentenced to 72 hours to 6 months in the Pike County Jail, fined $1,000 and had his driver’s license suspended for 12 months for Driving Under the Influence.  The state police observed Shrek’s vehicle cross the center line of Route 6 in Palmyra Township on April 7, 2018.  Upon making contact with Shrek, the trooper detected the smell of an alcoholic beverage and observed Shrek’s eyes to be bloodshot and glassy and his speech slurred.  Field Sobriety Tests were conducted which showed impairment and a blood test confirmed a blood alcohol content of .167%.

Charles Strouse, 30, of Milford, PA, was sentenced to 5 years of the IP Pike Care Program which will include 90 days of house arrest, a $1,700 fine and a driver’s license suspension for 18 months for Driving Under the Influence and the Summary Offense of Driving While Operating Privilege is Suspended or Revoked. The state police were dispatched to a one-vehicle crash where Strouse’s vehicle came to rest on its roof along SR 739 in Delaware Township on July 7, 2016.  A half empty bottle of vodka was observed in the vehicle.  While speaking with Strouse, the trooper detected the smell of an alcoholic beverage and observed his eyes to be glassy and bloodshot.  Strouse admitted to drinking vodka before the crash.  A blood test confirmed a blood alcohol content of .179%.  Strouse was also found to be driving on a suspended license.

Michael Podell, 23, of Hawley, PA, was sentenced to 6 months of probation, to run concurrent to his present sentence, and fined $300 for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  The state police were dispatched to a motel room in Palmyra Township on May 4, 2018, rented by Michael Podell, where glassine packets used for the storage of Heroin were discovered by housekeeping. 

Clarence Snyder, 33, of Dingmans Ferry, PA, was sentenced to 6 months to 24 months, less 1 day, in the Pike County Jail and fined $500 for Receiving Stolen Property.  Snyder sold a television valued at $348 to a business in Matamoras Borough on May 30, 2018, knowing that the television was stolen.

Joshua Rose, 27, of Dingmans Ferry, PA, was sentenced to 1 month to 23 months in the Pike County Jail and fined $1,000 for Criminal Trespass and Simple Assault.  On February 26, 2017, Rose entered a residence in Milford Borough without permission of the owner and hit an individual residing in the residence with a closed fist, causing injury.

 

 



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